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The Hard Way (1991)

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An action movie star researching a role is allowed to tag along with a hardboiled New York policeman, who finds him superficial and irritating.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Party Crasher
John Capodice ...
Pooley (as Luis Guzman)
Captain Brix
Drug Dealer
Frank Geraci ...
Sophie Maletsky ...
Pizza Waitress


Nick Lang is a famous Hollywood actor, well known for his action movies. For his next movie, he needs the proper motivation and inspiration for his role. Thus he teams up with the reluctant New York policeman Lt. John Moss. Not only does he have to put up with Nick, who is laborious and out of touch with realities, but he also has to catch a coldblooded murderer. Written by Mattias Pettersson <seaman@sbbs.se>

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There's only one way these two are going to get along... the Hard Way. See more »


Action | Comedy | Crime

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for strong language | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

8 March 1991 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Duro de aguantar  »

Box Office


$25,895,485 (USA)

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Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Did You Know?


The male supermodel Fabio is briefly seen helping people out of the night club the first time the Party Crasher hits a club at the beginning of the movie. See more »


The opening chase scene from the nightclub starts on West 46th Street in midtown Manhattan, then quickly shows cars turning off of Pearl Street in lower Manhattan. See more »


[first lines]
Operator: 9-1-1 Emergency.
Party Crasher: Hello there! It's me - again! Well, what can I say? I'm about to crash another party.
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Fightin' Boogie
Written by Harry Garfield
Performed by Pack and Plow
Courtesy of Pseudo Bwana Special Products
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It's "The Odd Couple" meets "Dirty Harry" head-on.
25 April 2001 | by (Sauk City, Wisconsin) – See all my reviews

Wildly violent, but hilarious comedy about a showboat-like Hollywood action star (Michael J. Fox) who in order to prepare for his next film, comes to the Big Apple and tags along with a hard-boiled police detective (James Woods) who is desperately determined to nab a notorious killer dubbed "The Party Crasher" (Stephen Lang) despite nearly getting himself killed in the process. Fox and Woods certainly make an interesting comedy team. There's no way that this movie could without the presence of a seriously funny actor like Woods to be included in the film. The film has a few great moments including one where the Woods character impolitely asks the captain (Delroy Lindo) to get the Fox character off his back and the film's climax is exciting and makes a great reference to "North by Northwest". It's the "The Odd Couple" meets "Dirty Harry" head-on.

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